Grosses

Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 15 - Sun, Apr. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$39,225,962--3,827--$10,250$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$18,692,090--3,305--$5,656$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
3HOP$10,715,205-50%3,608-8$2,970$82,157,6053Universal
4Hanna$7,282,546-41%2,54510$2,862$23,282,8582Focus
5Soul Surfer$7,268,502-31%2,2140$3,283$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$6,755,340-45%3,2760$2,062$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Insidious$6,744,623-28%2,233-186$3,020$35,870,8913FilmDistrict
8Source Code$6,209,058-28%2,557-414$2,428$36,898,5803Summit
9Your Highness$4,019,710-57%2,7723$1,450$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$3,660,104-33%1,885-770$1,942$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$2,884,979-33%1,702-718$1,695$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,081,944-56%1,849-1032$1,126$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$3,506,602--707--$4,960$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$1,686,347--299--$5,640$1,686,3471Rocky Mountain
3Win Win$1,276,19611%384158$3,323$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
4Jane Eyre (2011)$993,232-14%27427$3,625$6,605,0356Focus
5Rango$715,526-69%976-1031$733$118,775,7317Paramount
6Born to Be Wild 3D$624,468-28%2071$3,017$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sucker Punch$606,242-71%555-1200$1,092$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
8Battle: Los Angeles$507,452-67%554-854$916$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
9Paul$485,080-72%536-1131$905$36,104,5005Universal
10Gnomeo and Juliet$407,89993%35571$1,149$97,767,31610Disney
11The Adjustment Bureau$356,615-59%348-435$1,025$60,735,1457Universal
12Just Go With It$270,6022%3266$830$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$254,196-49%315-360$807$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$245,653-58%189-37$1,300$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Hall Pass$234,838-12%333-33$705$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$170,928-38%275-90$622$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
17Red Riding Hood$126,735-75%248-529$511$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
18True Grit (2010)$104,950-50%177-86$593$170,938,57517Paramount
19Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$86,061-44%128-56$672$37,615,1519Fox
20Tangled$85,574-61%184-55$465$199,584,48421Disney
21Beastly$70,222-74%110-229$638$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$156,87413%6813$2,307$636,9804Music Box Films
2Of Gods and Men$152,437-16%982$1,555$2,996,0728Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$109,12914%33-8$3,307$24,187,79657Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thank You$85,872-65%71-21$1,209$392,1942UTV Communications
5Bill Cunningham New York$78,463-10%213$3,736$549,3235Zeitgeist Films
6Certified Copy$77,039-30%56-1$1,376$983,7626IFC Films
7The Salvation Poem$73,4281068%2111$3,497$801,02427CanZion Films
8In a Better World$72,12761%3018$2,404$182,9043Sony Pictures Classics
9I Am Number Four$66,052-33%80-65$826$54,152,7099Disney / DreamWorks
10Kill the Irishman$62,540-27%39-13$1,604$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
11The Green Hornet$54,246-47%95-66$571$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$47,150-18%11-2$4,286$2,211,846493D Entertainment
13Mars Needs Moms$41,154-65%99-127$416$20,781,9776Disney
14Under the Sea 3D$40,29341%14-5$2,878$28,084,100114Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Cedar Rapids$38,655-60%47-71$822$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
16Super$38,45633%2611$1,479$145,6853IFC Films
17Miral$33,956-38%26-3$1,306$304,9374Weinstein Company
18Barney's Version$30,271-30%50-17$605$7,400,65914Sony Pictures Classics
19The Double Hour$30,246--2--$15,123$30,2461IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Winter in Wartime$26,934-30%21-3$1,283$174,9885Sony Pictures Classics
21Drive Angry$25,179-58%71-55$355$10,706,7868Summit
22The Princess of Montpensier$23,456--3--$7,819$23,4561IFC Films
23Biutiful$22,586-40%32-6$706$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
24I Am (2011)$20,966-45%13-5$1,613$401,4069Paladin
25Black Swan$19,584-62%49-54$400$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
26Henry's Crime$18,494112%75$2,642$29,8002Moving Pictures Film & Television
27Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,571-49%35-34$502$72,772,10610Paramount
28The Company Men$15,273-31%20-12$764$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
29The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$15,06810%54$3,014$64,1033Lorber Films
30Meek's Cutoff$14,092-30%20$7,046$44,1622Oscilloscope
31My Perestroika$13,9988%53$2,800$90,7784International Film Circuit
32Queen to Play$13,353-44%93$1,484$90,1073Zeitgeist Films
33The Last Lions$12,22883%6143$200$607,8029National Geographic
34American: The Bill Hicks Story$12,056105%54$2,411$21,5812Variance Films
35Poetry$10,471-18%13-2$805$275,67010Kino International
36Blank City$9,184-34%10$9,184$41,3512Insurgent Releasing
37The Grace Card$8,416-56%18-21$468$2,428,2418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Rubber$8,2569%83$1,032$45,9043Magnolia / Magnet
39Deep Sea 3D$7,39514%20$3,698$44,174,391268Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$7,272--9--$808$501,4649Vitagraph
41The Music Never Stopped$6,293-16%13-1$484$227,9105Roadside Attractions
42Take Me Home Tonight$6,193-83%42-60$147$6,923,8917Relativity Media
43The Illusionist (2010)$6,052-58%16-16$378$2,206,46217Sony Pictures Classics
44Another Year$5,806-37%13-3$447$3,191,23716Sony Pictures Classics
45Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,38192%3-1$1,794$138,2307Strand Releasing
46Trust (2011)$5,231-74%8-12$654$117,6233Millennium Entertainment
47Cold Weather$5,13314%102$513$141,35811IFC Films
48Blue Valentine (2010)$4,955-43%15-4$330$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
49Meet Monica Velour$4,440-40%42$1,110$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
50I Saw the Devil$4,277213%73$611$124,7787Magnolia / Magnet
51Circo$4,0705%21$2,035$18,9283First Run Features
52Armadillo$3,958--1--$3,958$3,9581Lorber Films
53Carancho$3,800850%43$950$66,13110Strand Releasing
54happythankyoumoreplease$2,965-58%4-5$741$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
55The Imperialists Are Still Alive!$2,832--1--$2,832$2,8321IFC Films
56Ceremony$2,801-60%30$934$11,6262Magnolia Pictures
57Heartbeats$2,784-11%6-3$464$62,9858IFC Films
58A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$2,421--1--$2,421$3,1151Film Movement
59Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,347-38%5-2$469$227,80315First Run Features
60Inside Job$2,177-45%4-11$544$4,306,23728Sony Pictures Classics
61Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,064-66%1-4$2,064$101,60131Collective Eye
62The Human Resources Manager$2,044--3--$681$52,3847Film Movement
63The Last Godfather$1,284-94%1-19$1,284$163,5913Roadside Attractions
64Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,214-62%2-1$607$202,25212Variance Films
65Dumbstruck$981--1--$981$9811Truly Indie
66Putty Hill$904-20%1-1$904$43,4679Cinema Guild
67Desert Flower$767-61%2-1$384$43,5845National Geographic
68Orgasm Inc.$500--1--$500$44,91610First Run Features
69The Strange Case of Angelica$489-8%1-1$489$43,88916Cinema Guild
70Korkoro$210-44%10$210$3,5044Lorber Films
71The Woodmans$202--1--$202$36,03613Lorber Films
72Bhutto$18313%10$183$99,23120First Run Features
73Winter's Bone$174-33%20$87$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions
74Marwencol$6255%10$62$111,60128Cinema Guild